He had his guitar, and as soon as he settled into the sofa he strummed a few chords.
I cautiously picked up the instrument, strummed a few chords, closed my eyes, and sang.
He settled his shaky fingers on the guitar strings, strummed a chord, fell silent, sighed, then rallied.
1775, possibly imitative of the sound of running the fingers across the strings of a musical instrument. Related: Strummed; strumming.